Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'
January 7th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
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Santorum: Obama's education stance is 'snobbery'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Santorum called President Barack Obama's education goals an agenda of "hubris" on Saturday, saying he is "outraged" that the president thinks "every child in America should go to college."

"The hubris of this president to think that he knows what's best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a forum at St. Anselm's New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

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Obama has repeatedly said he wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Earlier this year, while announcing plans to reform "No Child Left Behind," Obama also said he intends for every student to graduate "career and college ready."

But Santorum, whose children's education includes home-schooling, argued that not everyone is suited for a college education.

"I have seven kids. Maybe they'll all go to college. But if one of my kids wants to go and be an auto mechanic, good for him, that's a good paying job, using your hands, using your mind," he said.

Santorum calls for the federal government to have a "very limited" role in education, advocating for "flexible and personalized approaches to education for each child to best maximize their potential."

"We are leaving so many children behind because they're not ready to go to college - they don't want to go to college, they don't need to go to college," Santorum said Saturday.

CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (619 Responses)
  1. joe

    'he is "outraged" that the president thinks "every child in America should go to college."
    "The hubris of this president to think that he knows what's best for you '
    But Santorum knows what is best for us on abortion and religion doesn't he? What a hypocrite he is and I'm a Republican!

    January 7, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. colowest

    What a sad, ignorant, bigoted little man....

    January 7, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Gino

    You are still tongue tied (brain fried.)

    January 7, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. michael

    what can you say to this idiotic viewpoint. thank god his time in the sun is almost over. by the way heis just pandering to his ignorant evalgelical following

    January 7, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. PA_John

    Hubris? Perhaps Santorum has never heard of Vision? For all of the bluster we have heard about American Exceptionalism from the tea party and GOP, now you're saying that our POTUS has gone overboard for stating a desire for kids to have more than a high school education? This sounds more like a ploy to get the vote of the American who thinks that education is worthless.

    January 7, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Phil

    If you don't want your kids to go to college, Rick, then by all means let other children go. You racist SOB!

    January 7, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Mortalc01l

    How DARE Obama suggest that we educate our population!!! What good will THAT do for our Corporate overlords?

    An educated populace is anathema to right-wing Bible-thumpers... The more educated you are, the less likely you are to buy into the Tea Party/Fascist Christian Taliban agenda; remember, these are the geniuses who want to "keep the Government's filthy hands off their medicare" and who believe that the Earth is only 6000 years old.

    January 7, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. MAC

    Every child who is willing to do the hard work and qualifies for college has the oppurtunity by working their way thruough school. I know lots of people who took 6 to even 9 years to get through college while they worked and they apprciated their degree more than someone who had the government or their parents pay for it. A degree like a doctor , nurse, engineer, or scientist are what the young need to study which is what America needs but they are hard degrees and alot of students do not want to put int the extra work. My taxpayer money needs to be spent on these kind of degrees. My nepehews job at a car parts manufacturer is going to get him trained as a machinist which is a good paying job and will always be in demand.

    January 7, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. txcalgal

    Well, wouldn't being an auto mechanic BE "career ready"??? True politician, twist words into your own meaning. It sounded to me, from the Obama quote, that he was saying that every child will EITHER be graduate high school ready to attend college or enter a career (trade). DUH!

    January 7, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. batjones

    The remarks of President Obama speak to American preparedness. American students upon graduating from high school should have prepared themselves to a level of being "career and college ready", regardless of what they do subsequent to high school. I have little patience for presidential candidates like Mr. Santorum who revel in ignorance and celebrate laziness. If Mr. Santorum is serious about stepping back into public service, he should realize that the good 'ole manufacturing and mining jobs have dried up. China, Indonesia and India have priced out the high wage American pool. They will be gone until American labor becomes innovative again. If we do not prepare ourselves, the service and technology industries will be next. Americans who enter this global workforce will need to be "career and college ready", or they will not find future advancement and financial stability. So, forget about an English only curriculum, and buy a few Rosetta Stone volumes. How long do you think it will be before auto parts manuals only come in Spanish and German? Why not be prepared to read the manuals if they do come in Spanish and German? American students can do better. We can do better.

    January 7, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Vicki

    I am not a supporter of home schooling. I think it is a pitiful way for children to be raised without the school experience with children your own age and the friends you make. Santorum is a snob if he thinks it is wrong to hope that most children can have college educations. What an elitist snob he is!!

    January 7, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. A Thought

    "Every Child should go to college" is Santorum's words, not Obama's. The president's stance has long been that every child should have the chance to go to college.

    And indeed, what is wrong with the goal that every child coming out of school is "career or college" ready?

    January 7, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. Alex

    If you think education is expensive, try the cost of ignorance.

    January 7, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Inrealityhere

    Santorum is right on...but the more kids Obama can get into debt up to their necks while indoctrinating them into liberal, socialist thinking the better for Obama and the Socialist machine. Yep, the more kids he can get to OWS the better for him but not for the hard working taxpayers.

    January 7, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Michael

    This coming from the guy who wants to control all of our moral decisions. Obama wasn't suggesting that everybody goes to college. He just wants to make it easier for those who do want to attend. Santorum is basically arguing against better education.

    January 7, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. James

    "I have seven kids. Maybe they'll all go to college. But if one of my kids wants to go and be an auto mechanic, good for him, that's a good paying job, using your hands, using your mind,"

    Being an auto mechanic is a highly skilled profession, they go to college too! Seems your a little out of touch with today's skilled labor.

    January 7, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  17. Brett

    Santorum, read a book! (other than your Bible). Get a brain! Get a clue!

    January 7, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Bryan

    Really? "Outraged"? It is one thing to think that getting an education (or the lack thereof) is a personal choice. But to use the term "outraged" that the "President thinks everyone should get a higher education so the US can compete globally" is an "outrageous" statement.

    January 7, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Brad

    I love how it gets twisted into Obama wants to "require" all kids to go to college. What he really wants is to be able to make sure every kid is ready and afforded the opportunity to go if they want. It means that all kids will meet the requirements of colleges across the country. This is not the same as "mandating" that all kids graduate and then attend college. There is nothing wrong with wanting our youth to have opportunities to better themselves educationally. If kids want to be tradesmen, then great, there's nothing wrong with that. A little extra education to fall back on is not a bad thing when they get "downsized." The problem is that we all know how republicans feel about education as evidenced by all of the cuts to it lately. Why have an educated voter base that can see through all of the rhetoric and fear mongering that's thrown out constantly.

    January 7, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Republican, REALLY, REALLY hate women.

    'They don't want to go to college, they don't need to go to college'
    Sounds to me like it's Santorum that thinks he knows what's best for you, and apparently, it's less education and a lower paying job than his.
    At least the president wants every child to have the same opportunities as him.

    January 7, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. ns6891

    "The hubris of this president to think that he knows what's best for you [...] This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those that think they know how to run our lives"

    And this is coming from a man who constantly tells people how their private love lives should be run. For a straight guy, he sure is awfully obsessed with gay people.

    January 7, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. TM

    Santorum probably thinks that Everyone but the "blaaaaaa" people should go to college. Santorum is a bigoted, racist, theocrat!

    January 7, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Brett

    EVERYONE should have a college LEVEL education. Whether they obtain it through traditional universities, by self study, or by other means, should be up to them.

    January 7, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. JCG

    Well, there you have it. Santorum sums up the GOP philosophy: An uneducated populace is a compliant populace.

    January 7, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. tom

    Santorum is missing the point: it should be affordable for everyone to go to college. The US has the most expensive higher ed system in the world. As a result not everyone has the same opportunity.

    January 7, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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